Roboticists, however, are as focused on small robots that can function and go where the big robots cannot. It’s all about scale at the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory at Stanford University. They are working on robots that live, to borrow a phrase from IEEE Spectrum, at the boundary of airborne and surface locomotion.
Smaller robots are robust in dealing with impacts, more capable of rapid orientation changes, and can achieve higher adhesive forces relative to their size.
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